Daniel Johnson has been playing the piano from the age of 11. Since then he has won several competitions and eisteddfods. He has performed around Australia since the age of 16 after winning the Yamaha Keyboard Competition national finals in Brisbane where he was twice awarded “Most Outstanding Performer” for 1999 and 2000. He was the recipient of the Senior Piano Championship Award at the Arts in Focus competition in Brisbane. His playing and technique has been described as “masterful and insightful” (Yamaha, Australia), “Scintillating” (Lyndsay Jameson, NW Star) and described by his late teacher, Dr. Marilyn Meier-Kapavale as a “true pianist”.
Daniel holds undergraduate and postgraduate performance degrees in piano-pedagogy and Intensive Piano Performance. He studied for four years at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with Oleg Stepanov & Diane Selmon and then at the University of Southern Queensland for a further four years where he studied with renowned Australian pianist Dr. Marilyn Meier. With Marilyn, he worked intensively on aspects concerning the interpretation of Mozart, Liszt and Chopin. He then graduated from the University of Southern Queensland with a distinction in Piano Performance. He holds two performance diplomas from Trinity College, London, Cert Perf. (Hons), Cert. Completion (Hons) CMUSA (Hons), AMUSA (AMEB), and the dipRSM.
Daniel writes/composes and researches. He presented a paper at the First International Messiaen Conference in 2008 which was a dissection, performance and historical account of the short piano piece “Rondeau”, and has been invited every year since 2009 to perform and present research at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia. Daniel actively travels to perform chamber works and accompany colleagues. He has broadcast works of Albeniz, Sinding and Liszt on 4MBS Classic FM as part of Brisbane City Lunchtime Concerts at City Hall. He was invited to perform at the New Sounds series at the Gallery of Modern Art (QLD) and has given themed lecture recitals at the University of Southern Queensland, Springfield.
He regularly adjudicates and conducts workshops/masterclasses on interpretation and technique. As well as touring, he has worked closely with some of Australia’s and America’s foremost composers, having works dedicated to him and given their world premier performances. He currently continues performing and conducting post-graduate research on Australian composer Miriam Hyde of which he has performed over 80 of her piano works to date – the largest amount ever recorded. In 2014, he launched the Daniel Johnson Concert Series which was a series of four concerts throughout the year that encouraged national and international artists to travel and perform in outback Australia. August 2015 sees the commercial release of the Complete Piano Music of Miriam Hyde Volume 1, a culmination of 5 years worth of cataloguing and research.